Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference

The 2012 Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference

will not be held this year. 


We appreciate all the calls from people looking forward to the event. 
Please check back for the date next year! 



Past events: 

The 15th annual
Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference

"Engaging American Indian Youth in the Classroom and Beyond"

NMU Don H. Bottum University Center

Friday, September 30, 2011



The 2011 conference had a significant focus on suicide prevention, which included QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training. The Sault Tribe Alive Youth (STAY) Project facilitated the QPR training.  Our other workshop facilitator and keynote presenter was Dr. Teresa LaFromboise, Director of Native American Studies and Professor of Education at Stanford University in Stanford, California.  She also developed the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum, designed to reduce the number of suicide thinking and behavior. 

The 15th annual UP Indian Education Conference is presented by the NMU Center for Native American Studies; the GEAR UP/College Day Program, a King*Chavez*Parks Initiative of the State of Michigan; the NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service; the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians' STAY Project.^  

See Photo Highlights and watch the video link

^ Recipient of Grant Award Number 1U79SM058400-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 



Past Conferences

Conference 2010 was held Monday, September 13 at the University Center.  We had two keynote speakers:  McClellan (Mac) Hall and Keith Secola.  Mac, Executive Director of the National Indian Youth Leadership Program, has over 30 years experience in youth development as a teacher, principal of two tribal schools, and as the driving force behind the National Indian Youth Leadership Program.  Keith is an accomplished artist; award-winning musician, master guitarist and native flute player; singer, songwriter, composer and producer.  View the 2010 Photo Highlights.  View the 2010 Conference Program.

Conference 2009 was held on September 14th. The keynote presenters were Small Cook (Bernadette) and Maheengun Shawanda. The Shawanda's run outdoor learning programs through the Great Lakes Cultural Camps in Ontario. Maheengun has been working with school districts in Ontario to introduce what outdoor activities can do for student learning. We had  some great speakers at last years conference. For speakers list from the 2009 conference click here  and Highlights are here

Conference 2008  was held on Monday Sept. 29, 2008, on campus. Keynote speaker was D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. Check out his presentation on Media Site Live. Several other presentations were held throughout the day including one on financial literacy for youth, Special Education, Health and 150 participants during a buffet lunch.

For Conference area Information click here

Joe Lubig“The power of the Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference lies in the strong connections it makes to all peoples in the world. Through the use of rich local cultural experiences, this conference will teach participants to value the language, art, history, and voice of every individual.”
--Dr. Joe Lubig, NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service

Kia Richmond"Attending the UP Indian Education Conference has allowed me to grow as a teacher and a learner. Thanks to the wonderful presentations, I have a better understanding of how my choices as an educator can offer support or counteract bias in the classroom, especially as it relates to Native American students, cultures, or experiences."
--Dr. Kia Jane Richmond, Associate Professor of English - Secondary Education, NMU English Department

The UP Indian Educators’ Conference was one of the most worthwhile professional developments I have attended. As a future educator, it made me aware of issues in Native American inclusion in the classroom that I had not been aware of before – things that have the potential to make or break a Native American student’s academic career. I highly recommend this conference to any and all education majors!
--Jen Howell, NMU graduate